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Wattisham: Prince Charles hands medals to troops

PUBLISHED: 14:11 20 July 2011

Prince Charles awarded medals to soldiers of 4 Reg at Wattisham Air Base today.

Prince Charles awarded medals to soldiers of 4 Reg at Wattisham Air Base today.

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APACHE pilots and crew at a Suffolk airbase have been presented with medals by the Prince of Wales.

His Royal Highness was at Wattisham Airfield today to hand out Afghanistan Operational Medals to soldiers from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps.

Thirty-five troops were given medals while three troops received Long Service and Good Conduct honours. One soldier, Warrant Officer Class 1 Martyn Leadbetter, was handed a Meritorious Service Medal.

The Prince also gave a short address to the regiment and family members.

He said it had been a great please to visit the base and that the country owed the soldiers and their families a huge debt of gratitude.

His Royal Highness also had a short meeting with his youngest son Prince Harry, who is currently learning to fly Apache helicopters at Wattisham.

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Two people suffered the effects of cold after their dinghy capsized in water off Wrabness, near Harwich.

The manager of an Essex pub that has been banned from holding outdoor music events due to noise complaints has spoken of the “ongoing battle” staff have faced with neighbours and councillors.

A former Suffolk Sea Cadet instructor who was given a suspended prison sentence after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl has been locked up for six months after he broke a court order banning him from having unsupervised contact with any other young girls.

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